After months of speculation concerning Doug Coby’s future on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour since his car owner Mike Smeriglio III had announced his retirement from auto racing, the six-time and defending Tour champion has decided on a course of action for 2020 and beyond.
As reported by RaceDayCT.com on Friday afternoon, Coby announced the formation of a new team under his ownership, Doug Coby Racing. The team will make its debut on March 21 at South Boston Speedway (VA), the 2020 season opener for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Crew chief Phil Moran will remain with Coby, as well as other members of the former Mike Smeriglio Racing crew. With multiple sponsorship commitments for 2020, including from Coby’s primary sponsor of the past few years, Mayhew Tools, the intention of the team is to run the full season schedule on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and chase Coby’s seventh Tour title.
The decision comes in the wake of two of the former Mike Smeriglio Modifieds that had been driven in recent races by Coby, being sold to the family team of New York State driver Tyler Rypkema less than two weeks ago. Coby did secure the purchase of a third and sole remaining car for the new team.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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